The benefits of ginger and how we source it
What is ginger?
Ginger Zingiber officinale is a herbaceous perennial that produces spicy rhizomes that have both culinary and medicinal uses.
Grown all over the tropical world ginger produces a spicy root that is hot and nourishing. The ginger we use in Three Ginger, Revitalise, Elderberry Syrup and our Chai teas, is grown in India where where it soaks up the sun giving it intense heat and in the roots.
What are the benefits of ginger?
Ginger is fantastically warming and pungent. Its spicy nature makes it an excellent aid for healthy digestion, bright eyes and warm hands.
How we grow, source and harvest ginger
It’s in the 1,000-mile ribbon of mountains known as the Western Ghats that much of our ginger is grown – an area designated by the IUCN as one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots.
In its native home, ginger is surrounded by a diverse range of medicinal and culinary crops where it soaks up the sun giving it intense heat.
When the beautiful yellow flowers of the ginger plant appear, it’s a sign that it should be harvested. The farmers we work with will dig out the root, which is dried before being blended by our team of experts.
We capture its fiery nature, and harness its gingery-glow in a wide variety of our teas and supplements including our warming and invigorating Three Ginger Tea and Revitalise.
Author: Dr Vivien Rolfe
Head of Herbal Research
Viv is a gut physiologist and has recently achieved a Foundation in Herbal Medicine. She leads Pukka’s research programme to explore how herbs can benefit our health and be used to widen healthcare choices. This includes research into herbs for Women’s health and as alternatives to antibiotics. She establishes global research partnerships and enthuses the next generation of scientists through Pukka’s Scholarship Scheme. She is a champion of diversity in science and open access to knowledge.
BSc, PhD, PFHEA
Years of experience:
30+ years in the wellbeing industry and academia
Degree in Physiology University of Sheffield, PhD University of Sheffield, Foundation in Herbalism Heartwood, MBA Entrepreneurship (on-going) Edinburgh Napier University, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Membership of Nutrition Society, Physiological Society, Society for Chemical Industry, and other herbal and botanical groups.